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Haunted Hanover Tavern: Dinner & Investigation

November 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - November 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm


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Join us for a spirited dinner before the investigation.

Join Transcend Paranormal and the Hanover Tavern Foundation as we break bread at the Hanover Tavern. We’ll dine and discuss the paranormal on-goings at the Hanover Tavern and County Complex, as well as discuss paranormal investigation techniques, ideas, and more. Bring your ghost stories, and we’ll bring ours!

We will announce the menu when we get closer to the evening! Non-Alcoholic Beverages are included with your meal.

Then, we investigate. Our Investigation at Hanover Tavern will consist of 4 buildings:

  • Hanover Tavern
  • Old Stone Jail
  • Historic Courthouse
  • Pamunkey Library

The Hanover Tavern: The earliest portion of the Tavern being built in 1791, there was a Tavern on the property spanning back to 1733. One of only a few surviving colonial-era Taverns in the United States, the Hanover Tavern hosted such historic figures as George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, Patrick Henry, P.T. Barnum, Marquis de Lafayette, and more. Both Union and Confederate troops utilized the Tavern on their way to and from the battlefields.

The Old Stone Jail: Built in 1835, the Old Stone Jail was not a place you wanted to spend any time; criminals of all kinds were kept within these walls. The jail consists of 4 rooms; 2 cells occupy the lower floor, one cell on the upper floor, and one room that housed the jail’s warden and his men. It wasn’t until 1916 that glass windows were installed in the building. Prior to this, the only thing protecting inmates indoors from the cold, harsh winters outdoors were iron bars.

The Historic Courthouse: The Third-longest continuous-use courthouse in the United States sits here in Hanover County; the Historic Hanover Courthouse. Built in 1735, the courthouse saw countless cases. Most significantly, this Courthouse played host to Patrick Henry when he argued the Parsons’ Cause case – a spark of the American Revolution. Many troops passed by the Courthouse – both during the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Sustaining mild damage during the American Revolution, the courthouse was repaired in time to see further conflict during the Civil War. The Battle of Hanover Courthouse brought heavy skirmishes to the area on May 27, 1862, and when the Union forces returned to the Courthouse at the end of May 1864, they imprisoned Hanover County’s Clerk of Court.

The Pamunkey Library: The Pamunkey Library sits right upon the grounds that armies traveled upon. Directly adjacent to burial grounds of a nearby plantation, the library rests atop land that saw much blood, sweat, and tears.

For years, guests of each of these locations report eerie experiences of ghost apparitions, smells, and un-explainable noises. For the first time ever, we have access to investigate those claims. Are previous Hanover Tavern keepers still roaming the halls? Are inmates still inhabiting the cells of the Old Stone Jail? Or are court cases still being played out to this day in the Historic Courthouse? It’s time to find out for yourself.

We have investigated all of these locations numerous times and have come away with proof of the paranormal on every visit. Guests of these locations often report eerie experiences of ghostly apparitions, smells, and noises that could never be explained.

  • Dinner Begins at 7:00PM and will run to 8:30PM.
  • Investigation Check-In is at 8:30PM
  • The Investigation will promptly begin at 9:00PM.
  • Dinner & Investigation: $65 per person
  • Investigation: $50 per person

Reservations are required. All Experience Levels Welcome!

This is a fundraising investigation! All proceeds of this event directly and entirely benefit Hanover Tavern.


  • You are welcome to bring your own equipment to investigate.
  • We will break into small groups at each site to investigate. Each group will be led by an investigator with equipment you may borrow for the investigation.
  • We will be outside for a portion of the investigation, so please dress accordingly.
  • Light Snacks and Refreshments will be provided.
  • Please do not put on fragrances before the investigation. Smells are often reported at these locations and it will be difficult to identify if we are wearing fragrances.
  • Please do not wear loose jewelry, baggy clothing, etc. These often make extra sounds and noises that will make listening to and identifying EVPs difficult!
  • There will be identified spots if you need to smoke a cigarette. Please make sure you dispose of your cigarette butts accordingly.
  • Please do not plan to investigate under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We will ask you to leave the premises if so.
  • Weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden.
  • Bring your equipment! We’ll have some that you can use within your groups, but you are welcome to bring any equipment you have for investigating that you can carry with you. A flashlight is highly encouraged. Additionally, if you do not have an audio recorder, bring your phone! We’ll ask you to put it in airplane mode, but you can still record audio onto your cellphone – a large number of people on our investigations have recorded EVPs on their phones!
  • Most importantly, have fun! This investigation is for you, so bring your ideas and thoughts for investigating! You never know what, or who, you will run into, and we value your unique ideas and suggestions for investigating these locations! We urge you to be ready to be involved in the investigation! Think of some questions you’d like to ask in advance, if you have any theories that we can test out, and more!

For more information or questions, please contact us.


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November 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
November 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
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Hanover Tavern
13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, VA 23069 United States
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